Ev­ery run is go­ing to be gold dust from here, says Ash­win

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Adelaide: Far from get­ting ex­cited af­ter hav­ing Aus­tralia in a spot of bother, In­dia off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win said on Fri­day the first Test is “ex­tremely well poised” and ev­ery run in the re­main­ing days will be worth its weight in gold. “I thought we re­ally bottled them up, soaked them up and put on pres­sure from both ends,” said Ashiwn, the most suc­cess­ful In­dia bowler with fig­ures of 3/50.

“We don’t iso­late it as a fast bowl­ing or spin bowl­ing pack. We iden­tify it as a bowl­ing unit to­gether be­cause one can­not ex­ist with­out the other. To­day was an­other per­fect at­tri­tion day for us,” he added at the post-match press con­fer­ence.

“I bowled an ex­tended 22over spell even be­fore and af­ter tea to make sure that we do not give away more runs.

“I see it as neck-and-neck in the game. Who­ever can get mo­men­tum from hereon has the edge in this Test. I think it is ex­tremely well poised. Ev­ery run is go­ing to be gold dust from here,” he added.

About the pitch, he said, “I thought there was a bit more stick­i­ness yesterday (Thurs­day) and the speed has def­i­nitely come down. When we were bat­ting yesterday I don’t think it was as slow as it was to­day.

“I think the wicket has slowed down con­sid­er­ably and I don’t ex­pect it to quicken up more ei­ther. I think it’s go­ing to slow down more,” the Tamil Nadu offie added.

Asked about bowl­ing to the Aus­tralian left-han­ders, in par­tic­u­lar Shaun Marsh whom he has dis­missed five times now, Ash­win said, “I have dis­missed quite a few other left-han­ders many more times. He is a fan­tas­tic player.

“There is a cer­tain pat­tern that we saw through his videos be­fore we got into the game. It was a sort of ini­tial set-up that we wanted to do.

“To­day the plan worked and not in the fash­ion that he dragged it on. But Shaun Marsh is one of the play­ers that has played spin well in that bat­ting or­der. So we thought it is a dif­fer­ent plan for him go­ing into this match.”

Ravichan­dran Ash­win,

—AP

Aus­tralia opener Aaron Finch watches the stumps fly af­ter be­ing bowled by Ishant Sharma (not in pic­ture) dur­ing the sec­ond day of the first Test in Adelaide on Fri­day

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Ishant Sharma ex­ults with team­mates af­ter Finch’s wicket

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